Cultural Pluralism and Psychoanalysis
The Asian and North American Experience
Cultural Pluralism and Psychoanalysis explores the creative dialogue that the major psychoanalysts since Freud have had with the modern Northern European/North American culture of individualism and tries to resolve major problems that occur when psychoanalysis, with its cultural legacy of individualism, is applied to those from various Asian cultures. Roland examines the theoretical issues involved in developing a multicultural psychoanalysis, and then looks at the interface between Asian-Americans and other Americans, discussing the frequent dissonances, miscommunications, and misunderstandings that result from each coming from vastly different cultural and psychological realms.
Table of Contents
Part 1 A Comparative Psychoanalysis; Chapter 1 How Universal is the Psychoanalytic Self?; Part 2 The Asian and American Interface; Chapter 2 Walking the Bicultural Tightrope; Chapter 3 The Japanese and American Interface; Chapter 4 Cultural Hurdles and Inscrutable Muddles; Part 3 Clinical Issues; Chapter 5 Value Issues Involving American Psychoanalysts with Asian Patients; Chapter 6 The Cultural Self, the Personal Self, and Psychological Conflict; Chapter 7 The Influence of Culture on the Self and Selfobject Relationships; Chapter 8 Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Therapy with Indians and Japanese in the United States; Chapter 9 Sexuality, the Indian Extended Family, and Hindu Culture; Chapter 10 The Spiritual and the Magic-Cosmic in Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Therapy; Chapter 11 The Psychological and the Psychosocial in Indian Organizational Relationships;
Alan Roland is a practicing psychoanalyst who has worked extensively with Indians and Japanese abroad and in New York City. He is on the faculty of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis. He is the author of In Search of Self in India and Japan: Toward a Cross-Cultural Psychology.